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“The Run-Up” is your guide to understanding the 2024 election. Host Astead W. Herndon talks to the people whose decisions will make the difference. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at

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4.5 out of 5 stars from 3k ratings
  • Awesome on the ground politics reporting

    Love Astead’s interviews!

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    United States3 days ago
  • Very left-leaning AND DISSAPOINTING

    UPDATE: I just listened to “Don’t ask RFK Jr about being a spoiler” and it made me lose so much more respect for the host, Astead Herndon. The whole episode was Astead attacking RFK Jr and trying to find a “gotcha moment”. You can almost feel the anger coming off of him. I don’t know how this is journalism. It is more of an opinion show and it made me agree with what RFK Jr said, that Astead Herndon, and his show, is only there to promote and further the Democratic Party. more

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    United States16 days ago
  • Because of the lack of information about the

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    Canada18 days ago
  • ♥️ astead

    love this podcast

    Apple Podcasts
    United States19 days ago
  • Thanks, Astead!

    I appreciate your work. Your interviews are skillfully conducted.. It helps me see how the individual details of folks’ experiences shape how they come to their voting decisions. Whether they be committed party voters, undecided voters, independents or complete non-voters. It shows that the the sweeping demographic, cultural and philosophical identities that are so casually tossed around in much of the media are, at best inadequate and sometimes do more to obscure than illuminate.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States19 days ago

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